Spring Planting Picks Up Pace

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The Illinois Agriculture Statistics Service says 14 percent of the state's corn crop is already planted. That compares with just four percent at the same time a year ago and a five-year average of only three percent.

The most planting activity has been in the west and west southwest portion of the state. In the 13-county west-southwest district, an area that includes Springfield, Carlinville, Jerseyville and Pittsfield, farmers report 39 percent of the corn crop has been planted.

Soybean planting has not yet begun, but farmers who plant oats report they are 73 percent finished, well ahead of the five-year average of 59 percent.

The statistics service reports that topsoil moisture around the state is generally adequate.